The Best Family Attractions in the Smokies

You’ve booked your cabin with us in the Smoky Mountains, and now you are looking for fun things to do with the family during your vacation. To make planning a little easier, we have put together a list of the best family attractions in the Smokies!


Dollywood is a theme park in the Smokies created by none other than Dolly Parton herself. The park’s signature country charm coupled with great entertainment makes this amusement park the perfect place to spend a day with the family! The thrilling rides, entertaining shows, restaurants and shops will keep you and the kids happy the entire day. We highly recommend adding Dollywood to your list of places to visit in the Smokies!

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Explore the creatures under the sea at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Take a look at the aquatic habitats from around the world when you visit plus you will get the opportunity to see live animal shows and participate in hands-on exhibits! This is a great place to visit with the family especially if you are trying to escape the rain. After spending a day at the aquarium stroll through Downtown Gatlinburg, get a bite to eat, and do a little shopping before you head back to your cozy cabin in the mountains.

Dinner Shows

Dinner shows are a great way to spend an evening in the Smokies! There are so many different types of shows to choose from so you are sure to find one that the whole family will enjoy. Singing, laughter, good food and lots of entertainment! We know y’all will be talking about your evening at the dinner show for years to come so go ahead and add it to your plans!

Mountain Coasters

If your family seeks adventure, then you should visit on of the many mountain coasters in the Smokies. This is a fun and thrilling way to experience the Smoky Mountains up close. The speedy straightaways and the 360-degree turns will have the entire family laughing all night! If you are up for a fun ride then add the mountain coaster to your Smoky Mountain agenda.

Local Events & Festivals

There is always something going on in the Smokies. Check the local calendars of events to find out what special events and festivals are going on during your stay in the Smokies. Each season brings unique and fun celebrations and events so plan accordingly!

The Great Smoky Mountain National Park

And last, but definitely not least, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. A must-see attraction in the Smokies! There are a variety of different hikes, picnic areas, waterfalls, and scenic drives to enjoy. Don’t leave the Smokies without visiting the National Park - plus it’s free!